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Synthesis philosophica, Vol.29 No.1 November 2014. -

In this article I inquire into the question of cultural continuity against the background of the problem of modernity through the medium of the specific case of New Confucian philosophy. I reflect on the import of the concept of -culture- from a historical point of view and investigate how the Hegelian notion of -Spirit- was employed by modern Confucian philosophers such as Mou Zongsan and Tang Junyi as a conceptual strategy in the face of the structural and semantic discontinuities resulting from modernization. I single out the symbolic May Fourth Movement in order to approach Mou’s and Tang’s attitude towards historical discontinuity and point towards the contemporary significance of their philosophical undertaking.

New Confucianism; modern Chinese philosophy; May Fourth; Mou Zongsan; Tang Junyi; history; cultural self-descriptions; paradoxes in comparative philosophy



Author: Ady Van den Stock - ; Ghent University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Languages and Cultures of South and East Asia, Ghent, Bel

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